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The Creative Compass event calendar is focused on events geared toward individual artists. For a list of public arts and culture events in Cleveland, visit


June 2019


OH Civics Essential Game Hour

FreshWater Cleveland
Apr 30, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019 Various evening times | Various Library Locations | Community
Join in for a Civics Essential Game Hour at a participating Ohio public library. Sharpen your civics knowledge during this fun, fact-filled evening of trivia and Jeopardy.

Public libraries will host their community where you can compete and test your basic civics knowledge. Each Game Hour is emceed by a well-known local educator or attorney. If you love Jeopardy, trivia or games in general, bring your friends and family for a free, fast-paced hour.

Intermediate Personal Essay and Memoir Writing

Literary Cleveland
May 03, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Drive #100, Beachwood OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
This class is well-suited for writers who have basic familiarity with the art of writing nonfiction, are engaged in writing personal essays or memoir, and desire feedback on their ongoing projects. Readings each week will expand writers’ exposure to the broad field of personal essay and memoir with an emphasis on structure, voice, integrating research, and other aspects of artful nonfiction storytelling. Each class will consist of weekly reading discussions, in-class writing exercises, craft talks, and guided workshop by peers.

Central Concern

Cleveland Public Theatre
May 18, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Using music, humor, and bizarre bouffon theatricality, CENTRAL CONCERN is delightfully depraved and entertaining. CENTRAL CONCERN takes a satirical look at the history of the American real estate profession and how it championed property values at the expense of civil rights. A Co-Production with Ohio City Theatre Project. Conceived & Directed by Pandora Robertson. WORLD PREMIERE.

Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA

Karamu House
May 26, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street Cleveland, OH | Community
An epic tale full of passion, loyalty and betrayal. Enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter. As their forbidden love blossoms, she must decide if she will give in to her heart’s desire or rise up to be the leader her people need her to be. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score written by Elton John and Tim Rice, this rock musical based on the Giuseppe Verdi opera is a shining example of love that transcends cultural identity.

The Power of Poetry: An Introduction w/ Kisha Nicole Foster

Literary Cleveland
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019 1-3 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
In this 4-week introductory workshop, we will explore and discover how poems are generated, crafted and refined. Each week, there will be writing prompts that will surprise and inspire the imagination, discussions on craft through the reading and sharing of poetry, and group feedback on your work. Expect to be delightfully nudged out of your usual habits with language and discover yourself as a poet in the process. This class is appropriate for total beginners as well as those who want a refresher or who write in other genres but want to venture into verse.

Painted Rain Barrel Workshop

The Euclid Creek Watershed Program
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019 June 1st: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; June 2nd: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Beachwood Service Center, 23550 Commerce Park Rd. | Hone Your Craft
The Friends of Euclid Creek, in partnership with the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Painting workshop June 1st and 2nd for adults and families. (Families are encouraged to register but there will only be one barrel per family.)

Cost is $60.00 for a rain barrel,downspout kit, and supplies needed to paint the barrel.

To keep it fun there will be food and live music at the Beachwood Service Center. Please hurry and sign-up below.

The deadline for reservations is May 24th and will be limited to the first twenty participants and their families who register, pay their fee, and sign and submit their waiver. (Sign and Mail or Scan to 3311 Perkins Suite 100 Cleveland Ohio 44114 or

Get Unstuck: Breaking through Creative Blocks w/ Jen Jones Donatelli

Literary Cleveland
Jun 04, 2019 - Jun 25, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | ​University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 East 107th Street, Cleveland OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
Dealing with dreaded writers’ block? Stuck in a personal or professional rut? Struggling with perfectionism and/or procrastination? Using creative tools from the Artist’s Way and other methods, the class will explore how incorporating simple practices can make sizable shifts in mindset. This workshop is open to writers of all genres and experience levels.

Beachwood Arts Council and Shaker Arts Council Present Good Neighbors

Shaker Arts Council
Jun 05, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019 | Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood, OH 44122. | Community
Beachwood Arts Council (BAC) and Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) will present Good Neighbors, a juried art exhibit featuring the work of four Beachwood and four Shaker Heights artists. The Beachwood artists are Debra Bream, Hazel Brown, John Martin, and Susan Cone Porges. The Shaker Heights artists are Leslye Discont Arian, Karen Mehling-DeMauro, Kathleen McKenna, and Tatiana Tate. The artwork on exhibit will include abstracts, landscapes, and portraits, created in acrylics, charcoal, oils, and pastels.

The exhibit will open Wednesday, June 5, 2019 with a reception on Saturday, June 8 from 5 -7 pm. The exhibit continues through Thursday, June 27, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday– Friday 10 am-4 pm, Saturday 10 am-3pm, and Sunday 10 am-1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit: or

Public Funding Training (west)

Arts Cleveland
Jun 05, 2019 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107, Building Number: Music and Dance Building - Recital Hall | Community
Arts Cleveland invites you to a discussion about our sector’s collective work to achieve local public funding for arts and culture. As the organization that facilitated much of that work, Arts Cleveland will share relevant insights, facts and lessons learned from the effort. ($15 donation suggested)

Click the above link for more information and to register.

Slices of a Life: Memoir Writing w/ Linda Goodman Robiner

Literary Cleveland
Jun 05, 2019 - Jun 26, 2019 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Drive #100, Beachwood OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
This workshop will provide a window into important times in your life: how it was to grow up in your home, to survive adolescence, what made you who you are. This journey will help you reflect on your life. Simple exercises and prompts will lead you to write short vignettes. Participants will share stories in class and make editorial suggestions for one another in a safe, supportive environment. Open to emerging writers.

Introduction to Fiction Writing w/ Matt Weinkam

Literary Cleveland
Jun 05, 2019 - Jun 26, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Have a story to share? Looking to hone your prose? This four-week workshop is designed to help you get started on a short piece of fiction. Together we’ll take a crash course in the basic craft elements, read a sampling of the best contemporary literature, generate new material with writing prompts, and learn the basics of the workshop model. Fiction of any form, length, or genre is welcome. No experience necessary

DanceWorks Week 4: Travesty Dance Group & Movements in Motion

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
DOUBLE BILL WEEKEND: DanceWorks Week 4 features Travesty Dance Group's MONSOON, revealing parallels between the catastrophic storm and human experience, from exquisite pre-storm tranquility to whirling destruction and recovery, and Movements in Motion's RASA – AESTHETIC ESSENCE THAT EVOKES EMOTIONS, a unique collaboration between Indian classical dancers, contemporary North American dancers, and an actor, seeking similarities and differences among distinct dance techniques.

Inspired Art

America SCORES Cleveland
Jun 08, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM | 78th Street Studios - 1300 W. 78th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44102 | Community
Join America SCORES Cleveland for an evening of inspiration and influence, where you will witness the creativity of Cleveland’s youth brought to life.

Inspired Art will feature the creative interpretation of its student’s poetry. More than 40 artists generously donated their work for a silent and live auction to support the impact of America SCORES Cleveland.

Presale tickets are $75.00 ($80.00 at the door)
Tickets can be purchased at

No More Excuses: Submit Your Work to Literary Journals w/ Laura Maylene Walter & Matt Weinkam

Literary Cleveland
Jun 08, 2019 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 East 107th Street, Cleveland OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
Writers, it's time to abandon those excuses and get to work submitting your fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to literary magazines. In this workshop, Gordon Square Review editors will help attendees learn how to navigate the literary magazine landscape, how to manage submissions, and why submitting your work matters in the first place. Pick up some practical submission tips while getting motivated to send your writing out into the world.

2019 Dance/USA Annual Conference

Jun 12, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Various times | Various locations | Community, Hone Your Craft, Build Your Business
The Dance/USA Annual Conference is an invigorating gathering of dance professionals united by their interests in advancing dance and celebrating the joy of movement. It is a time to honor leaders in the field, share and access new resources, and connect with peers through thought-provoking training and conversations. Together, attendees discover innovative approaches to shared problems and strengthen relationships among fellow dance professionals.

The Annual Conference travels to a different city each year, highlighting the unique vibrancy of dance communities around the nation. These varied locales offer new inspiration and showcase the host city’s arts and dance ecosystem. Join Dance/USA at this year’s Annual Conference and invest in yourself, your organization, and the future of dance. Leave ready to impact the dance world with new ideas, fresh ways of thinking, and with more confidence in your work.

This event is led by a steering committee made up of OhioDance, Dancing Wheels Company & School, GroundWorks DanceTheater and DANCECleveland.

DanceWorks Week #5: Shri Kalaa Mandir & Terre Dance Collective

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jun 13, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
DOUBLE BILL WEEKEND: DanceWorks Week #5 features Shri Kalaa Mandir's VIVARTA – TRANSFORMATIONS, uniting classical Indian movements with innovative choreography to transform music into movement and dramatic characters into divine beings, and Terre Dance Collective's BLOOD ORANGE, exploring the masks we wear through compelling and collaborative contemporary dance, peeling away the protective layers of rind and skin to reveal the pure and true essence of a person. TICKETS: $15-25.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Curtain 440, LLC
Jun 14, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm | Newbury Auditorium 14775 Auburn Rd, Newbury Township, OH | Community
A Midsummer Night's Dream
June 14 and 15 at 7:30pm, June 16 at 2:00pm

Directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen

Fairies, donkeys, royalty, a brick wall, some woods and four highly clingy and slightly obsessive suitors. One of Shakespeare's funniest and most accessible comedies!

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed at Newbury Auditorium (in partnership with Newbury Local Schools) 14775 Auburn Rd, Newbury Township, OH

Adults $10, Students $8
General admission, tickets available at the door and online at

Inlet Dance Theatre's Summer Dance Intensive Junior

Inlet Dance Theatre
Jun 17, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM | The Music Settlement at University Circle | Hone Your Craft
Just like Inlet's longstanding Summer Dance Intensives, SDI Jr focuses on creating a supportive community for young dancers ages 6-11, exposing students to the collaborative dance-making process, and increasing technical and performance skills.

This 1-week intro camp includes improvisation-based movement games, modern technique, creating new choreography and more! This year's theme is "Making Waves" and will include variations of Inlet's Easter Island Memoirs! This camp will culminate with an informal showing for family and friends on Friday afternoon.

Tuition: Half Day 9am-12:00pm $250/wk; Full Day 9am-3:30pm $400/wk; After-care 3:30-6pm $15/day

SDI JR Faculty: Faculty for the Summer Dance Intensive Jr is comprised of the professional dancers and instructors of Inlet Dance Theatre. All instructors are First Aid Certified and have completed extensive background checks. To learn more about the Company Members go to

SDI Jr Location: SDI Jr is being held at The Music Settlement’s Early Childhood Education building in University Circle. Situated on the edge of the Case Western Reserve Campus and walking distance from Museums and Restaurants, it’s an ideal, safe and convenient location. FREE on-site parking. The building is a Nut-Free Facility.

Shameless Self Promotion for Writers

Literary Cleveland
Jun 18, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
If a writer pens something in the woods and no one is around to read it, does it make a sound? No. No it does not. Marketing your work is essential to building an audience. Whether you want to get more people to read your words, describe yourself more distinctively on your website, or simply answer the question “What do you write?”, you need to know how to talk about your work in a way that sets you apart from all of the other writers out there. Get inspired to share your work as we talk about the basics of self-marketing from social media to websites to that ever-important elevator pitch. This workshop will strengthen your voice and build your confidence. Guaranteed.

5th Annual Public Officials Recognition Breakfast

Arts Cleveland
Jun 21, 2019 8 - 9:30 a.m. | Cleveland Museum of Art | Community
A morning with arts and culture professionals and public officials from across the region. Celebrate the power of arts and culture in the community at the annual Public Officials Recognition Breakfast. Lively discussions, pride in our region’s cultural assets and warm recognition of arts and culture partnerships characterize this unique moment. Arts and culture leaders at every level are in attendance to connect and build relationships with government officials.

Arts and culture is core to our region’s identity. Together with our partners, Arts Cleveland ensures that it continues to be so for generations to come.

Make Music Cleveland

Make Music Day
Jun 21, 2019 All Day | Various Locations through Cleveland | Community
Make Music Cleveland is an all day celebration of music! In 2018, the event returns to our city for the third year. From rock & roll to reggae, hip-hop to opera, musicians of all ages and playing abilities put on hundreds of free concerts, jam sessions, and other exciting events in public spaces throughout the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga, and Lorain counties. All are welcome to participate- no experience necessary! Become part of a diverse community of musicians and join in on filling the streets and neighborhoods with music.

Make Music Cleveland is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. The festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated in more than 800 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

Teacher Training Workshop: Improv for Autism/Special Needs

Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Jun 22, 2019 9 a.m - 4 p.m. | | Hone Your Craft
Workshop begins at 9 AM and end at 4 PM with a full hour lunch break between sessions. CADA students and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the training. Ample hand-outs will be available for participants to take home.

Cost of workshops: 6 hours @$150. Contact CACA at 234-678-7830 or by email at to enroll and/or for further information.

Using Poetry to Address Social Issues

Literary Cleveland
Jun 22, 2019 10 a.m. - 12 noon | University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 East 107th Street, Cleveland OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
From the Griot to the Bard, the Troubadour to the M.C., the power of the spoken word lies in its ability to write and recite a perspective in rhythm with a purpose to uplift the masses. Using poetry’s capacity to respond to and influence social movements as its starting point, this workshop will inform, engage, and inspire participants through written and spoken words of poetry. Participants will review notable American Poets, explore various poetic forms and devices, create, share, and receive feedback on original work, and discuss possibilities for publishing.

Inlet Dance Theatre's Summer Dance Intensive

Inlet Dance Theatre
Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM | Playhouse Square, Downtown Cleveland | Hone Your Craft
Inlet's longstanding summer dance intensive program for ages 12-adult focuses on creating a supportive community of dancers, exposing students to the collaborative dance-making process and increasing technical and performance skills.
Inlet’s annual Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is the perhaps the best example of the company’s mission of “using dance to further people”. Students of various ages, races, skill sets and socio-economic backgrounds travel to Cleveland from international & regional locations to learn about dance, alongside local talent. The award-winning Inlet educational model is renowned for instilling lessons in teamwork, trust, respect, empathy, self-discipline, social interaction and self-confidence within students. During the 4.5 week program, Inlet SDI students not only receive premier training in dance technique and performance, but also discover a period of personal growth and character development.

Curriculum includes: Modern dance technique classes (Erick Hawkins release-based technique), Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering, performance improvisation, and a collaborative choreographic process (the dance-making process that Inlet employs).
Program culminates in performances at Cain Park Evans Amphitheater (Cleveland Heights, OH), where students will premiere an ensemble piece, an all-male or all-female piece, as well as performing a live improvisation alongside the company.

SDI Faculty: Faculty for the Summer Dance Intensive is comprised of the professional dancers and instructors of Inlet Dance Theatre, including Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade. To learn more about the Company, please visit

Schedule (Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 4:00pm). Students will be divided into groups based on age and technical ability.

*Sample Day*
9-10:30am: Technique Class, 10:30am-12pm New Work Rehearsal, 12-12:45pm: Lunch Break, 1-2pm: New Work Rehearsal, 2-3pm: Improvisation, 3-4pm: Nontraditional Partnering